Pink Game always a special night for various volleyball teams at Viera, Holy Trinity


Viera High seniors Maddie Day, left, and Ali McLoughlin are looking forward to playing in this year's 11th annual Pink Game against Holy Trinity.

Viera Voice Carl Kotala

Of all the games on the Viera High volleyball schedule, this one is always special.

That’s because it’s about much more than the action on the court.

The Hawks will host Holy Trinity on Oct. 5 in the 11th annual Pink Game, where proceeds will benefit the Side-Out Foundation, a national organization that raises money for breast cancer research.

In addition to what should be an entertaining game, there will be plenty of crowd-friendly moments, along with the chance to purchase T-shirts and raffle tickets to win one of 12 gift baskets. The game has raised more than $10,000 in the first 10 years.

“It’s a special time,” Viera senior Ali McLoughlin said. “All the people who have breast cancer come out, so we get to honor them. My grandma came out a couple of years ago. It was cool to see her there, just to let her know that people are trying to work toward breast cancer awareness and towards a cure.”

The action will start at 5:15 p.m. when the Viera freshmen will face Holy Trinity’s Middle School team. The junior varsity game is set to follow at 6:15 with the two varsity teams scheduled to take the court at 7:15.

“This will be the third year that Holy Trinity has teamed with Viera for a Dig Pink game,” Holy Trinity coach Pete Klonowski wrote in an email. “The Dig Pink match is being part of a bigger picture than just volleyball — it’s a way of educating our youth about breast cancer and engaging in a philanthropic event.”

The game has a special meaning for Viera High coach Sarah Wayne, who lost her aunt to breast cancer in 2013.

“We will have lots of prizes to give away during and after the varsity match,” Wayne wrote in an email. “The girls look forward to the match every year and it means so much to the Viera community. There is tremendous support with the schools, administration and the crowd turnout is always spectacular.

“It's a continuing tradition that's more important to me as a coach than wins or losses.”